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  • Welcome to Defined STEM!

    Defined STEM combines a unique set of real-world themed resources to create a 21st century learning platform. Our common core standard aligned performance tasks, literacy tasks, and real-world video enable students to see the relevance of K-12 topics through real-world themes. Each of our resources allow students to apply concepts in simulated real-world scenarios, increasing student performance, and preparing them for college and 21st century careers.

Understanding By Design & Defined STEM

Jay McTighe and Dave Reese

Read Jay McTighe's white paper on the strong alignment between Defined STEM and Understanding by Design as it relates to curriculum, instruction and assessment.
This white paper highlights how Defined STEM and Understanding by Design (UbD) reinforce Standards-based learning associated with Common Core and the Next Generation Science Standards.

Defined STEM Professional Learning Videos

This is how we accomplish it

Real-World Video Real-World Video Connections

These cross-curricular connections introduce topics from a real-world perspective in an engaging short video format.

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Performance Tasks Performance Tasks

Challenge students to apply their knowledge and skills to respond to complex real-world problems.

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Literacy Tasks Literacy Tasks

Have students create argumentative & informative responses after researching specific real-world issues.

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  • DefinedSTEM's avatar about 70 days ago RT @StemEdCoalition: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education: Relationship between Education and the Workforce #STEM ht…
  • DefinedSTEM's avatar about 70 days ago RT @KMSchmidt39: @raeda_z The @DefinedSTEM resources look fantastic! Well-aligned with #CCSS. Can't wait to use them at the middle school…
  • DefinedSTEM's avatar about 71 days ago RT @mguerena: A2 we have found @DefinedSTEM to be a great source of projects that Ss can engage in without Ts having to create their own pr…

*Our work reflects some of the ideas of the Understanding by Design Framework®. We have utilized components of this framework with the permission of Jay McTighe and Grant Wiggins.